The Associated Press December 5, 2011, 2:21PM ET

10 Texas mail processing centers among 252 closing

Ten mail processing centers in Texas are among 252 nationwide that will close in a $3 billion money-saving move by the government.

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday that it seeks to move quickly to shut the processing units and slow first-class delivery, amid declining mail volume. The Postal Service is projected to have a record loss of $14.1 billion next year.

The agency in September announced the list of processing facilities being studied, including sites in Abilene, Austin, Beaumont, Bryan, Dallas, Tyler, Lufkin, McAllen and two facilities in Waco.

The agency on Monday said the cuts are now being finalized to close the processing centers, starting in April.

The cost of mailing a first-class letter goes up a penny, beginning Jan. 22, to 45 cents.



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